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Trip to the Tate Gallery

Wow! What a fantastic day we've had at the Tate Gallery at the Albert Dock in Liverpool.

The started brilliantly with views of the city and the Liver Birds with a background of boats and old warehouses.

In the gallery, John gave us a great talk about Keith Haring, how he was inspired by cartoons and graffiti artists, how he loved letters, hieroglyphs and semiotics (how signs give us information as much as the written word).

From a boy, Keith just wanted to draw and draw and draw and would fill every space.

He loved drawing on black sheets of paper on the New York underground which were waiting for new advertising. He wanted to bring his art to people who might not visit art galleries.

In the exhibition we saw loads of massive 'tarps', paintings on tarpaulin. We spotted all Keith's iconography: radiant baby, TV screens, men with holes in them, flying saucers, robots, barking dog and lots of zig zags and swirls.

We were amazed at some of the sizes. We were amazed at how he challenged us with the meanings. We came up with amazing ideas to what each one was about.

Keith said that art is only made art when someone looks at it and thinks about what it could mean. The meaning is up to them.

We even had a chance for a boogie as one section was full of florescent paintings, so we were inspired to have a good dance!!


The last exhibition we saw was an installation about a migrant from South America and how she journeyed out of her own country for a new life. She traveled by a colourful bus, so we boarded a bus and even could drive it. We looked out of the window to see beautiful paintings with colours inspired by South America and watched a video in our seats full of the long journey to a new life.

Picture 1 Spot the Liver Birds.
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Picture 3 Keith Haring on merchanise everywhere
Picture 4 This is John
Picture 5 The boy who kept on drawing
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Picture 7 A taxi bonnet makes a good thing to draw on!
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Picture 9 Black paper and chalk from the underground
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Picture 11 "I bet all these piece together to say something."
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Picture 13 "They'll peice together to say 'trust'," said Kane
Picture 14 Anti-racism painting
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Picture 17 Having a boogie wth the florescent paintings
Picture 18 Shall we dance?
Picture 19 "3 heads are better than 1," said Thomas
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Picture 22 A map of America, Haring style
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Picture 25 'Matrix', the longest painting we've ever seen.
Picture 26 We're going to make our own!
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Picture 29 Detail from 'Matrix'
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Picture 33 Proud artists
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Picture 38 Where's the top or bottom?
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Picture 40 On the bus in South America
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Picture 42 Giant murals for the passing countryside
Picture 43 "Hi."
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Picture 47 Looking at the river Mersey
Picture 48 Finding padlocks of love
Picture 49 Waving to the ferry
Picture 50 Mrs Hankisson sang us 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey'!
Picture 51 Who loves who?
Picture 52 A lovely tradition to show the one you love.
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Picture 54 We found loads of names
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Picture 56 The tide was out
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Picture 59 Past the old warehouses
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Picture 61 Back to the coach
Picture 62 Past the barges which tell of Liverpool's history